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    • 1 Post By Thunderspark

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        12-17-2013, 10:13 PM
    Question Desensitizing when alone

    Hello guys, quick question!

    I'm currently working with 2 horses who started out as being quite spooky and skittish. They've come a long ways, and they're both completely comfortable and confident with me making noise and moving about, whether it be dragging a tarp around or stepping on cans/bottles, whatever it is, they don't worry at all when it's me responsible for the noise/movement. I'm always alone in the arena, as the barn I board at is very small and quiet(I work there during the week). So, unfortunately my horses haven't really had many opportunities to get used to people opening doors, going in/out of the arena, things being knocked over/moved (when not by me), etc. They are perfectly fine with the people themselves, it's just the unexpected noise/movement that they aren't used to

    Does anyone have any ideas as far as what to try or do to get them accustomed to the noises that other people make, without actually having someone else around?

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        12-17-2013, 10:26 PM
    Don't they hear those normal noises every day when other folks come and go? Should be pretty routine I would think. After all someone takes care of the place, don't they?

    Otherwise, bring a friend sometime.
        12-17-2013, 10:58 PM
    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    Don't they hear those normal noises every day when other folks come and go? Should be pretty routine I would think. After all someone takes care of the place, don't they?

    Otherwise, bring a friend sometime.
    both horses are on outdoor board, so they're brought in when I do training then back outside. I'm the only employee, and on average only 1 boarder is there briefly at some point during the day.

    It would be great if the place was more busy, as much as I enjoy the privacy, I am really starting to realize how useful a hectic barn can be when doing training.
        12-21-2013, 02:03 AM
    Play a CD with sounds effects, I have sound effects that have every noise imaginable! From babies crying, chain saws, horses whinnying, etc.......I play it outside in the spring just before we get back into riding......I find it really helps, haven't had to use the disk this year because the neighbors kids play almost right beside our pasture LOL with 5 or 6 kids running around screeching, playing....great desensitizing!
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